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Take a Deep Breath

November 28, 2018

Let it go..Get rid of Holiday Stress with this Simple and effective Breathing Technique.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but with all the fun and parties, the holidays also are stressful, and suddenly, all those tidings of good cheer can turn ugly.

While avoiding stress completely isn’t realistic, there are effective ways to manage anxiety and anger levels.

Breathing techniques are one of my favorite ways to diffuse stress and anxiety.

Research shows that practices centered on rhythmic, deep breathing directly affect the health of both mind and body.

One study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science found that people who performed deep-breathing techniques had lower stress levels and improved their immune systems functioning.

Slowing down the cadence of your breathing also has been shown to turn off the body’s “fight or flight” response and turn on the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body time to rest, regenerate and heal.

That’s because taking deeper breaths allows more oxygen to pass through your body, which improves your energy and allows you to think clearer.

More oxygen in your brain also helps with the release of the happy hormone serotonin, while oxygenated blood increases the production of red blood cells, which help your heart, lungs, digestive system and just about everything else in your body work more efficiently.

The next time you feel yourself tensing up and wanting to throw a snowball in someone’s face, follow this easy technique, called: Alternate Nostril Breathing

The alternate nostril breathing technique is great to practice before a particularly stressful situation, as it is meant to relax the whole body while calming your mind. Try it next time you want to scream out Bah Humbug!!

Here’s how to do it:

1. Sit up straight and make sure you are comfortable.

2. Put your right hand in front of your face, take your pointer and middle fingers, and place them between your eyebrows. The two fingers we will use in this exercise are the thumb and the ring finger.

3. Close your right nostril with your thumb, and exhale through the left nostril.

4. Inhale through the left nostril and, when complete, close it with the ring finger.

5. Release your thumb from the right nostril, and then exhale slowly and steadily.

6. Inhale through the right nostril and, when complete, close it with the thumb.

7. Release the ring finger from the left nostril, and exhale. These two full breaths are one cycle of the alternate nostril breathing exercise.

10. Repeat for five to 10 cycles.

Take a deep breath and let us know what you think!

 

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